|Central coordinates||76o 13.00' East 14o 13.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A2|
|Altitude||500 - 1,100m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description A remarkable scrub forest, this IBA has been rejuvenated and transformed over the past two decades. It covers most of the low, rocky hills near Chitradurga town. Non-conventional wind energy is being harnessed on some of the hills. This site is reputed to be the windiest place in south India, with a relentless 50-60 km/h wind velocity all day long, throughout the year. The site is covered by Southern tropical thorn dry scrub forest.
AVIFAUNA: The bird life has not been studied, but Thejaswi Shivanand (pers. comm. 2001) indicates the presence of at least 110 species. The otherwise local and globally threatened Yellow-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus xantholaemus is a common bird with a very high encounter rate in this forest. Not much information is available on other species of birds. The Critically Endangered Oriental Whitebacked Vulture Gyps bengalensis is also seen here, but this species is in any case widespread. This site has been selected only on the basis of the good population of Yellow-throated Bulbul.
OTHER KEY FAUNA: No information.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|White-rumped Vulture Gyps bengalensis||non-breeding||2004||present||-||A1||Critically Endangered|
|Yellow-throated Bulbul Pycnonotus xantholaemus||resident||2004||present||-||A1, A2||Vulnerable|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
|Notes: Afforestation programmes; Plantation programme|
Acknowledgements Key contributor: Thejaswi Shivanand.
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